“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position,”
“we actually were willing to shun science and become a party that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula,”
“[not sure that] the average voter out there is going to hear that treasonous remark and say that sounds like a presidential candidate, that sounds like someone who is serious on the issues.”
“people are crying out for us to get back to some level of sensibility and this just kind of perpetuates the name-calling and the finger-pointing and the blame game where we want solutions.”
“These sideshows take us that much farther off the ball”
You might be surprised to know that those statements were not from President Obama, nor were they from Debbie Schultz, nor where they from Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or Chuck Schummer or even Bill Clinton. Those statements are from Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. It seems that Huntsman has decided to attack his rivals from the left on social/religious issues. Those quotes were from his recent attack on conservative favorite Rick Perry. I really don’t think that most people care about that stuff when we have a real unemployment rate of nearly 17 percent (that’s the U6 number reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics – this is a link to that table, but it changes so the numbers as of this writing may not be reflected). Huntsman seems to be comfortable becoming the new Jon McCain (I know John is spelled wrong) and we all know how well that went in 2008. It’s no wonder that, like McCain, Huntsman is the left-wing’s media darling.
I really do not care whether Rick Perry believes in Intelligent Design, or whether Huntsman believes in polygamy, or Obama is a Muslim, or what magazines Sarah Palin reads, or what kind of tree they would be. The candidate who will get my vote is the one who will articulate his/her plan to get government out of the way of our energy production, our economy, and our lives. And by “articulate” I mean have a written plan, not one being developed and shared at some later date. I was speaking to a colleague at work the other day. He and I are pretty far apart on the political spectrum, but our views overlap sometimes. He said that he’d like to see Jimmy McMillan run for president…his message resonates…
Mr. McMillan is easy to marginalize, but his simple message is strong – The Rent’s Too Damn High. People are getting tired of distractions during political campaigns about how much someones dress cost, or how much money their wife makes, or whether they are actually natural born citizen or whether they sold cocaine as a youth. I think that this is why Chris Christie resonates with people. By all accounts, he is somewhat libertarian in his social views, but strong fiscally.
That’s what we need now.